How It Started

When I was a senior in high school, I was a football player, but I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to play football the rest of my life.

At the same time I was getting into all this great blues music. A friend of mine was playing a harmonica. I picked it up and I was in a band immediately. I was in a band three months after I started playing.

A year later, I was playing with all the great old guys. It was crazy. Eddie Taylor, Albert Collins, Pee Wee Crayton, George “Harmonica” Smith, John Lee Hooker even back then a little bit. – Kim

Covering A Lot Of Bases

With the Thunderbirds, everybody in that band has to cover a lot of bases musically. They’ve got to be able to play rock and roll. They’ve got to be able to play R&B and soul. They’ve got to be able to play blues. And they have to be able to do it in their own voice. With the Thunderbirds there is so much different Americana going on and maybe a lot of blending of different music, as in Blues and R&B. – Kim

Go With What You Have

Singing is something where you go with what you have at the time. If you’re a little hoarse, you go with that. If you’re not hitting the high notes, you stay away from the high notes. You just do whatever you do to move people. – Kim

Leaving A Legacy

Being a musician is all about leaving a legacy. And that’s not about money. That’s about music. If you can’t leave a musical legacy, if you can’t be remembered for what you did, there’s no sense in doing it. It’s not just about making a hit right now, making a few dollars right now, make a lot of dollars right now. It’s about people leaving a stamp that a lot of people are going to remember. – Kim